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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

11 December 2019

Term 4  Week  9

KINDO: online school shop (click on KINDO to register)

Respect, Resilience, Kindness, Integrity

Hello, Kamusta, Hola a todos, As-salāmu ʿalaykum, Kumusta, Annyeonghaseyo, Ni Hao, Konichiwa, Namaste, Zdravstvuyte, Ciao, Cześć, Szia, Hallo, Bonjour, Salut, Fakalofa Lahi Atu, Talofa Lava, Malo e Leilei,  Orana, Kia Ora Koutou

News from the Principal 

Nga mihi nui kia koutou katoa


This is my final newsletter.    I have often joked that no one ever reads this but I know from conversations with families that many people do.  I appreciate your feedback and I hope that over time I have managed to post things that have kindled your curiosity or challenged your thinking.  Or even corrected some traffic behaviour!!   I leave you with some words from my assembly speech, and I thank you for being part of my journey in life.  It has been a pleasure, a challenge and a blast.

Kindest regards to all and thank you, Brenda

In the last 10 years our journey as a school has been working towards an understanding of what children need to become happy, kind and contributing members of society.  We have struggled with the concepts of traditional education that conflict with accepted understandings of child development and brain science.   We have questioned everything about schooling to find a way to honour the child, rather than change them into a more standard version of themselves. 

This journey has been difficult and challenging.  Change can be unsettling and not everyone has been able to see the value or the intent of the change. We  have at times been criticized and our professional expertise questioned. Through this we have clarified our understandings and strengthened our resolve.  We are committed to designing education around the learner, not redesigning the learner to fit an adult focused system.   

I want to acknowledge the support of our Board, both past and present, who have had  unfailing confidence in their teachers to support us, the PTA who always look for ways to resource the innovative programmes we offer, and the many community members who have been so positive and encouraging, sharing stories about how their children are thriving in this environment.  

We are a school that leads the way in implementing a truly child centered learning approach. We are visited by schools across Auckland and beyond, wanting to see what we do. We are contacted by families living outside our zone wanting to request enrollment through ballot as they have heard about what we do here, and value the innovative opportunities for their children.  

As a community you can be extremely proud of your school.  The commitment from your staff is outstanding. The level of professional dialogue and innovation is of a quality that drives change, and is consistently focused on student outcomes. 

I am incredibly proud to have been a part of this journey and to have had the opportunity to lead this team, and see them find solutions that better meet the needs of our children. 

I am forever invested in this school, and know that it will continue to grow and adapt  while still keeping the needs of our learners at the centre of every decision. I will be watching to follow the successes, although at a bit more of a distance. 

Special Offer from Kelly Sports

Kelly Sports New Zealand has joined forces with the Auckland Tuatara Baseball team to offer your school an exclusive deal!

As a valued partner School of Kelly Sports we have double kids passes for you to give away to your community. Not only will you have access to free passes to the game, but the first 40 kids to arrive on Sunday game day to the Kelly Sports Free Kids Zone, will walk out onto the field with a Pro Baseball Player which will be broadcast live on Sky TV.

This is a great affordable family day out at North Harbour Stadium.  Food and drinks can be purchased at the stadium however, a picnic lunch is also welcomed, so come down to visit us and enjoy a family day.

This offer is only available on Sunday Games:  Gates open at 12:00pm

Your child will need to be at the kids Zone no later than 12.20pm to be eligible for the pitch walk.

Click on the link below and grab your passes NOW!!!

Upcoming Events

We have a Farewell assembly on Monday (16th) also at 11 am where we will be farewelling the staff leaving us at the end of the year:  Miss Ford, Miss Shin and Mrs McPherson.  We welcome our parent community to both of these events.

End of Year Reminders

Outstanding Activity Fees –  We would like to remind parents that when your child participates in a school activity the payment is due before the activity commences.  We still have a large amount of money outstanding for Netball, Basketball and Touch.  We ask you to please settle these before the end of the year.

Sports Uniforms – Please remember to return all uniforms to the office once your child has completed their sport.

  Library Books & Readers – If you have any school resources please return them to school as soon as possible.

  Stationery Lists – will posted on Facebook, Skool Loop and online at the end of December.

School Happenings

Please check the school calendar for term dates and information and on our website and the Skool Loop.   Here are a few important dates for you:
Friday 13th December – Students will be visiting their new classrooms
Friday 13th December – Last day for Ezlunch orders
Monday 16th December – Farewell Assembly – 11am
Wednesday 18th December – Last day of the year, school finishes at 12.30pm
Wednesday 18th December – Reports & class placement notices for 2020 will be sent home.
Friday 20th December – Families in Parks will be at school from 5pm to 7pm
School Leavers – notice re ezlunch / Kindo school shop
If your family is leaving our school and moving to another school that does not use ezlunch or Kindo for school payments, you need to close your account. If you’re not sure about the new school, log in, go to My Details and click on the list of schools, scrolling to find your new school.If your new school is NOT on the list, you will need to close your account. Send an email to requesting to close your account. This request will need to:
  1. Be emailed from your mykindo account email address
  2. State the current balance on the account
  3. Provide the bank account number for refunding the balance (or ask for it to be forwarded to the school)

Refunds and account closures will be actioned during January/February.

Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****


  • Touch Rugby Competitions 2020 – There will be a 6 week Module for Touch Rugby in February 2020. If your child is interested, please return this form to the office before the last day of school.  Touch Rugby T1 2020
  • Assembly Term 4:    On Monday 16th December we are having a special assembly for the staff who are leaving us at the end of the year.



  • Lost Property – Please remember to check your child’s classroom, our lost property bin on the hall deck and the hall foyer for any lost items before the end of the year.  
  • Before & After-School Care – The sKids organisation provide this service from our school hall, please feel free to drop in and see them or register online through their website.  We will be closed from the 20th of December at 6pm and re opening on the 13th of January at 7 am for our summer holiday programme.

             Term dates             

School Terms 2019

Term 4    Monday 14/10 – Wednesday 18/12 12.30pm

School Terms 2020

Term 1     Monday 03/02 – Thursday 09/04

Term 2    Tuesday 28/04 – Friday 03/07

Term 3     Monday 20/07 – Friday 25/09

Term 4     Monday 12/10 – TBC


PTA News 

  • End of Year Ice Creams – The PTA are treating everyone to an ice cream this Friday 13th, there will be a non diary option available.
  • Christmas Raffle –  The raffle will be drawn on the 13th December, winners will be posted on Facebook


Community News

Homestay Required 2020Glenfield Intermediate School requires a homestay for our new Mandarin Teacher.  He will arrive in February and leave in December 2020.Payment of $250 per weekPlease contact Leanne Somerville Smith at if you are interested

Kaipatiki Summer Fun Programme is now happening in a local park or reserve near you, check  out, the  free family fun for all ages…proudly supported

Kaipatiki Local Board and Birkenhead Licensing Trust  –  building on community development and wellbeing….in our communities.

Information     0274834511     4848854





You can enrol on line or phone Haiying 551 6974 or

Elizabeth 441 0209 or Betty 551 6960 



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